Today, my life is a bit less dramatic. Without the constant fear of my fort being seized, I find myself caught up in the moments of my past. Gardens, forts, a life less simple. Sometimes I dig deep, trying to come up with creativity that once filled every part of my being. Albeit, I was eight, but nevertheless, I miss the days of make-believe. My former eight year old self is a constant reminder that I shouldn't take things too seriously, and even though that person who left the passive aggressive note on my door about the bag of mulch in the hallway really stressed me out, I should probably just let it go, because he/she is likely just a real-life jerk, who probably hates adorable things like kittens and puppies .
While we're on the topic of adorable, orecchiette is high on my list of cute pastas, right beside farfalle. I have yet to make either from scratch, mostly because I am terrified, and a little lazy. So instead, I purchase orecchiette already shaped into adorable little ears - which is how it gets its name, orecchio meaning "ear" and etto meaning "small". I am a traditional pasta girl, I like a simple tomato sauce or basil almond pesto , but I decided to branch out this week, channeling that little girl with red boots and pig tails.
It's a little too early in the season for my garden peas - they're still barely a foot high - so I stocked up on the necessary ingredients from the market. I chose a combination of two green veggies: sugar snap peas, sweet and soft, and asparagus, which has a remarkable crunch if lightly steamed or boiled for less than 2 minutes. I am a stickler for properly cooked veggies, and watch them meticulously as soon as they hit the water, waiting to pull them as soon as their bright green color appears. The two greens, being slightly different in color, provide a subtle contrast to this dish. I decided to season the pasta with only a few simple ingredients: parmesan cheese, a good quality olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. My intentions with this dish were somewhere along the lines of light and summery, crisp and fresh. The addition of the mascarpone cheese adds a nice creaminess and pairs well with the citrus from the lemon. Brent added a touch of green pepper sauce and said that it worked well. I enjoyed mine with a glass of Chardonnay on the patio, enjoying the view.
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